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Chiricahua Desert Museum

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Address: 4 Rattlesnake Canyon Road, 4 Rattlesnake Canyon Road, Rodeo, NM 88056
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+1 575-557-5757
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

A beautiful stop along Historic Route 80NM. Open 7 Days a week 9-5pm....

A beautiful stop along Historic Route 80NM. Open 7 Days a week 9-5pm. Closed only Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. Hundreds of Reptiles on Exhibit. A stunning gift shop and two out door desert garden areas complete with a running creek and pond. Photographers delight in the abundance of wildlife. Come see us soon.

Adults $7.00

Youth 12 and Under, Seniors 55 and over, Active Military,and First Reponders $5.00

Children 5 and under a free with a paid gaurdian.

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Interesting and relaxing

We met a lovely young lady there that was very knowledgeable about reptiles. there is a great display of rattlesnakes of the Southwest. The museum and gift shop were works of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We met a lovely young lady there that was very knowledgeable about reptiles. there is a great display of rattlesnakes of the Southwest. The museum and gift shop were works of art. The curator of the museum and gift store was very friendly and knew a whole lot about the are.

Thank Merridith
San Diego, California
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35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The museum has a surprisingly large collection of rattlesnakes and is very informative. It also features a walk-through desert garden area with many species of local plants. The gift shop is well-stocked and well-displayed.

Thank Gene Y
Kerrville, Texas
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167 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We stopped in to this lovely museum when camped in Rodeo. What a wonderful experience. Caring and very knowledgeable folks run this museum with great exhibits and an excellent museum shop. You will learn much about the area and also rattlesnakes!

1 Thank Phil C
Boulder, Colorado
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

The two most interesting aspects for me: 1) live exhibits of at least 17 different species of rattlesnakes that live is this area of NM/AZ; 2) a couple of the walls were covered in paintings of rattlesnakes and other herps and reptiles by various artists. Exhibits of local history are also in the museum. An art gallery and gift shop... More 

Thank wilson59604
Welshpool, United Kingdom
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188 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Driving through the desert we saw a small dog that appeared to have been abandoned we turned and when we got back we could not find him,so we sadly drove on.Spotting the Chiricahua Desert Museum we called in and informed them of the dog ,they said not to worry as they had people on the look out for this sort... More 

Thank ger w
Nashville, Tennessee
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Nice stop - middle of nowhere! Really nice garden area and beautiful gift shop. Make certain to grab a photo in front of the world's largest rattlesnake rattle!!!

Thank Elizabeth G
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97 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

I found out about this place from watching the TV program Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan and built it into my road trip of New Mexico and Arizona. It is well worth the trip if you detour off of Interstate 10 between Las Cruces and Tucson. The building is bright, large and modern and has an extensive collection of live... More 

Thank travelUSAoften
Orlando, Florida
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195 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

While driving through the south AZ desert...and passing through Rodeo NM (on the border between AZ & NM), its worth a stop to check out this unique celebration of the flora, fauna and reptiles of the desert. Bob & Sheri have a great selection of books to help you identify the unique life of this region.

Thank Marc W
Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

When driving south from El Paso or Albuquerque through New Mexico and Arizona to Bisbee, Tombstone or Sierra Vista, don't drive most of the way on the Interstate but take the slower but scenic shortcut over Rodeo. The museum is just at the fork to Portal, two buildings at the east side of the NM80. They have a collection of... More 

Thank Sublimator
SierraVista, AZ
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56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Well thought out authentic scientific natural museum. Reptile central. Pretty good mammalian exhibit, too Friendly staff. Best of all it's inexpensive. Rodeo cafe, a desert delight is only 1 mile south and the entrance to the fantastic Chiricahua Mountains is right across the street.

Thank chaz1854

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